The Good Word
The Good Word for the Day, a 60-second, Bible-based starter for your day is presented each week by Rev. Dr. Karl Galik.
Originally Broadcast July 14, 2012
“You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” This is the Apostle Peter’s answer to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16.15f) Peter’s answer once again was, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
Peter’s answer bears repeating because his response – his supernatural confession of who Jesus is – forms the solid rock foundation upon which Jesus built his church. This is Jesus’ definition of “the church.” It’s not a building. It’s not an institution. It’s not a denomination. It’s really not anything we can see. The first part of the definition of “The church is the congregation of saints, in which the Gospel is rightly taught…” (The Augsburg Confession, Article VII) Why is this important? Because the church doesn’t depend on human definition, or institutional constitution and by-laws. It does doesn’t depend whether your congregation is large or small, conflicted or harmonious, is liturgical or contemporary, meets in a house or a cathedral. It depends on this rock bottom, rock solid confession that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
This is the kernel of the gospel, the cornerstone of the church and confession on which Jesus built his church with this promise – that the gates of hell will not prevail against it. It’s that powerful. It’s that empowering.
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